In the first half hour of the Pilot we had a cancer patient try to commit suicide by jumping off the hospital roof. A homeless women who obviously has some mental illness problems. A newborn baby that was left, found, and picked up by the homeless woman who probably saved her life. A hospital advocate that wants to charge the homeless women with a crime. The baby has Spina bifada which is a birth defect that basically results in a split spine. A soldier that was "taken care of" by one nurse and probably improperly diagnosed by a doctor and another nurse that is agonizing over following the doctors orders because the patient will likely go into a diabetic coma if they are followed. Plus the administrative head nurse being arrested in her own hospital for crashing thru a security point without proper ID. Did I miss anything?
Christina Hawthorne is a single mother who's husband died a year ago and she is left to deal with her child and other family. Jada Pinckett Smith is a wonderful actress and she plays this part very well. It seems the character is personally destructive and it is a little hard for me to watch.
This show has a wonderful ensemble cast and I am sure will find an audience with people who like medical dramas. I generally found this hard to watch, even painful at times. People trying to do the right thing being overwhelmed by the red tape, things that are out their control, and a failing medical system. Not counting other people that want to skirt the system for their own gains even though it effects the lives of others adversely. I'm sure these are all things that the show will try to bring out.
Interesting premise and an obviously well produced show. TNT knows drama. This time I think there is a little too much for my tastes. Thanks for reading...